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NPSA encouraged by new 1000 Lives Campaign findings

21 October 2009


The Chief Executive of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has said patient safety is improving across Wales as a result of a national campaign, after figures published today show over 230 lives were saved in its first year.


Findings released this morning showed that 231 lives had been saved within the first year of the 1000 Lives Campaign.  They also revealed that 13,000 episodes of harm had been prevented in its first six months.


Martin Fletcher said: “These figures are encouraging.  The campaign has assisted NHS staff across Wales to better implement safety practices. 


“The key to the success of the campaign will be to build on these achievements and continue to embed these good practices.  This will need ongoing strong leadership from boards of NHS organisations to drive this forward.”


1000 Lives Campaign was launched on 21 April 2008 and its aim was to save an additional 1000 lives and prevent up to 50,000 cases of patient harm across Wales by April 2010.


It places a strong emphasis on improving leadership for quality, enhancing standards of criticial care, strengthening medicines management as well as increasing the quality of general medical and surgical care.


The campaign, of which the NPSA is a partner, also seeks to reduce surgical complications and healthcare associated infections.


For more information about 1000 Lives Campaign visit www.1000livescampaign.wales.nhs.uk





Notes to Editors:


Media enquiries to the NPSA Press Office:

Simon Morgan – 020 7927 9580 / simon.morgan@npsa.nhs.uk

Dinah Lartey – 020 7927 9351 / dinah.lartey@npsa.nhs.uk

Out of hours – 0788 411 5956


The National Patient Safety Agency is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health. It encompasses three divisions; the National Research Ethics Service, the National Reporting and Learning Service and the National Clinical Assessment Service. Each has its own sphere of expertise to improve patient outcomes. The NPSA’s vision is to lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing healthcare individuals and organisations. For more information visit: www.npsa.nhs.uk.